Illustration for Psalms 43 and 44 from the Utrecht Psalter

Illustration for Psalms 43 and 44 from the Utrecht Psalter

Date ca. 820-32

Movement Early Medieval | Carolingian

Medium Ink on vellum

Dimensions 13 x 9.875″

Housed at University Library, Utrecht

 

Also created at the Reims scriptorium, we see the same, energetic figures and forms as in the Gospel Book of Archbishop Ebbo. Atop, we see the faithful gathering toward the temple. Toward the middle, Christ, flanked by angels, lies upon a bed, while the faithful at the temple are killed. The work is influenced by an earlier Roman narrative; some scholars believe this to be of the style of the Column of Trajan, while others see it as a copy of an early parchment scroll. The difference between Hiberno-Saxon and Carolingian illuminated manuscripts is stark: in the former, the script is the decoration; here, the illustrations and decoration help to illuminate the script.